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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Former People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Deputy National chairman, Senator Babayo Garba Gamawa is dead. Garba reportedly died after a brief illness in Bauchi on Friday. His Spokesperson, Isah Garba Gadau while confirming his death Friday night said he complained of a slight stomach ache and was taken to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) where he was admitted.

2. Nigeria has dropped three spots to 45th in the world in the latest FIFA rankings released on Friday. With seven days before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles maintain their third position on the continent. Gernot Rohr’s men, however, improved from its April points of 1435 to 1432.

3. The Deputy national chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi has declared that Nigeria has been under military dictatorship since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power in 2015. Akinwonmi said this when he received a delegation of European Union, EU, at the PDP Presidential Campaign Headquarters, Abuja on Friday.

4. A gorilla has been accused of swallowing N6.8million in the Kano Zoological Gardens. A finance officer in the zoo was quoted as saying the gorilla “sneaked into their office” and carted away the money, before swallowing it. The incident was said to have happened during the Sallah celebrations. Umar Kobo, the managing director of the zoo, confirmed that the money was missing and that the issue was being investigated.

. The management of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on Friday released call-up letters for prospective corps members of Batch “B” stream 1 2019. The information was made known in a statement on NYSC official Instagram page. In the release, prospective corps members have been instructed to start printing their various call-up letters as orientation starts on the 18th of June.

. The Police in Kano has confirmed the death of one Mr Femi Oguntumi of Dakata Quarters who committed suicide without any notice. The Man who is a Staff of Karish College, Kawaji did not, however, leave any notes on why he committed suicide. Mr Femi was said to have hung himself on a ceiling fan in his room at about 10pm. Police Spokesman, DSP Haruna Abdullahi who confirmed the incident said they have already deposited Femi’s corpse at the Murtala Muhammad Hospital.

. The Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the alleged action of a social-cultural group ‘Igala Elders’ for their alleged decision to disqualify some governorship aspirants from contesting the November election in the state. The party, however, in a statement signed by Bode Ogunmola, State Publicity of the PDP on Friday noted categorically that it will abide by the party’s rules and regulations as enshrined in the party’s constitution on how its candidate will emerge under a free and fair primary.

8. The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ikeja on Friday struck out an application challenging the victory of James Faleke, representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kunaza Hamidu, struck out the application following a motion filed by the petitioner, Mutiu Okunola, a candidate of the PDP, who ran against Faleke in the election

. A Kano High Court on Friday dismissed an application of four Kano Emirate Kingmakers to stop newly installed Emirs from parading themselves as Emirs. The presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Tijjani Badamosi dismissed the application by the kingmaker’s counsel, Barr. Suraj Saida, SAN, ruling that the Emirs can continue going about their lawful activities as Emir of their Emirates.

10. Sunday’s International friendly match between Nigeria and Senegal will be played behind closed doors. This was confirmed by the Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, who also stated that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given a go-ahead. According to him, both coaches have made this joint decision, as they hope to use the practice game to

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President Muhamamdu Buhari on Monday arrived at the Sochi International Airport, Russia for a three-day inaugural Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, which will focus on peace, security and development.
The President’s plane touched the tarmac at 11.25pm (local time) and he was received by the Mayor of the City of Sochi, Anatoliy Nikolayevich Pakhomov, and state officials.
The Economic Forum and Summit will hold on October 23 and 24, 2019 with four plenaries that will be attended by more than 30 African Heads of State and Government that have confirmed participation, including the Chairman of the African Union and President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The summit will be co-chaired by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who will present a keynote address at the opening on Wednesday, and the African Union Chairman.
President Buhari and the Russian President will meet at the Nigeria and Russian bilateral meeting on Wednesday.
The Nigerian leader will make a statement at the summit on Thursday.
Other participants at the summit that will showcase Russian interest and investment potential in Africa include businessmen, experts, investors, leaders of major sub-regional associations and organisations.
An African Business Forum, which will bring together African and Russian business leaders, will be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa and promote African business interest in the host country.
About 250 Nigerian business interests will be participating in the forum.
“It is important that this meeting is taking place at this time,” says the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, addinf: “All the big nations are picking stronger interest in Africa. We now have US-Africa Summit, India-Africa Summit, China-Africa Summit and Japan-Africa Summit, so Russia has signified its interest on political, cultural and economic partnership.
“Nigeria has had an excellent relationship with Russia over the years. We will not forget how the country assisted us in keeping Nigeria as one during the civil war when some our traditional allies deserted us.
“They have also stood behind us in the fight against terrorism, Boko Haram and ISWA, and Russia has demonstrated its capacity in gas production, a resource which Nigeria has a huge potential of utilising.”
Shehu said the summit will look into issues of sustainable energy, mines and steel, infrastructure development in Africa, nuclear energy and trade and investment.
On security, the Senior Special Assistant said the meeting will come up with proposals for a new security architecture that will be heavily driven by new technology.
President Buhari is accompanied by Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
Others on the trip are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; and Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

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The Federal Government has assured that the payment of the new minimum wage would take immediate effect.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, stated that the payment cuts across both the public and private sectors.

Ngige said the consequential adjustment agreed upon were as follows: “For COMESS wage structure grade level 7 gets 23%, level 8 gets 20%, level 9 gets 19%, levels 10 to 14 get 16% while levels 15 to 17 get 14%. “For those on the second category of wages structure, CONHES , CONRRISE, CONTISS etc, level 7 gets 22.2%, levels 8 to 14 get 16%, levels 15 to 17 get 10.5%.”

The Minister stated that the third category of the country’s “wage structure which includes the military and paramilitary was also factored in the agreement since they are not in the civil service, theirs would be communicated through the appropriate channels.”

DAILY POST had reported that the federal government and the labour unions finally sorted out the issues of consequential adjustment for other categories of workers after three days of meeting which ended early today.

Under the agreement reached, the core civil servants on grade level 7 are to get (23.2 per cent) adjustment; grade level 8 (20 per cent); grade level 9 (19 per cent); grade levels 10 to14 (16 per cent); and grade levels 15 to 17, (14 per cent).

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